Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
BITTER OR BETTER
Dr. Jim Moore, pastor of St. Luke’s UMC in Houston wrote a book entitled "You Can Grow Bitter or You Can Grow Better". He writes that he got the idea for the title from a young woman who once came to him in a most tragic moment in her life.
She had tears in her eyes and
Contributed by Herman Abrahams on Aug 16, 2007
Years ago there was a terrible outbreak of disease in a tiny village in a remote part of Africa. Both children and adults were, getting sick and overcome with nausea. Several,weeks passed, and the sickness became widespread, and people started dying. Word of the disease
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 28, 2010
Bitterness has been medically linked to glandular problems, high blood pressure, cardiac disorders, ulcers, and even insanity.
One leading psychiatrist wrote, "90% of all people in insane asylums could be released immediately if they would learn how to forgive, or how to be
When I was in college, I worked as a youth director at a little church out in the country about an hour’s drive away. There were two families in that congregation that didn’t get along. When they came to worship, they would take up their positions on opposite sides of the room
Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Dec 27, 2014
"Bitterness is like taking poison, and waiting for the other person to die." - Malachy McCourt
I once knew a woman whose heart had been broken by disappointing relationships. She became very sarcastic towards the opposite sex and could often be overheard making disparaging remarks about them. It
Contributed by David Tack on Dec 23, 2011
THE MEANING OF BITTERNESS
"Eadie [A Scottish Theologian 1810-1876] says that Pikria [bitterness] is 'a figurative term denoting that fretted and irritable state of mind that keeps a man in perpetual [constant] animosity--that inclines him to harsh and uncharitable opinions of men and
Contributed by David Fox on Nov 19, 2001
Charles Spurgeon writes,
“It is the most bitter of all afflictions to be led to fear that
I once saw a Peanuts cartoon in which it showed
Charlie Brown taking Snoopy his dinner which consisted of a
bowl full of dog food. When Charlie Brown got there
he found the dog in his usual position; asleep
on top of the dog house. Charlie Brown set the bowl down
and said, "Dinner is
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
Many years ago Michelangelo, the sculptor, and Raphael, the painter, were commissioned to execute works of art for the beautification of the Vatican.
Although each had a different job to do and both were highly respected, there arose such a bitter spirit of rivalry between them that at last they
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 25, 2009
GENERAL LEE AND THE BITTERNESS TREE
In his book, Lee: The Last Years, Charles Bracelen Flood reports that after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee visited a Kentucky lady, who took him to the remains of a grand old tree in front of her house. There she bitterly cried that its limbs and trunk had been
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 5, 2009
Shopkeeper Seeks Revenge on Bitter Rival
What you believe about Jesus determines what you do with him.
Two shopkeepers were bitter rivals. Their stores were directly across the street from each other, and they would spend each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 23, 2009
Elderly Woman Bitter for 50 Years
Ray Stedman- A woman in her 80’s told me that, fifty years before, her aunt had said something insulting to her, and this woman had never forgiven her. 50 years later she could recount the event to the precise detail, and she felt all the same bitterness, anger,
Contributed by Scott Rodgers on Apr 13, 2008
Bitterness is frustration that has festered. If jealousy is a simple cut, bitterness is the
Contributed by Paddick Van Zyl on Jul 21, 2014
When the water at Marah was bitter, Moses had to cast a tree into the water stream to sweeten the water or make it drinkable.
The words: Bitter and Better both start with a B and end with Tter. The only difference is: the letter I and E.
Bitter has the focus on I, me, myself, flesh.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 21, 2012
BITTER RIVALRY BETWEEN ARTISTS
In 1503, Julius II became Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He immediately began a building program to beautify the Vatican. In 1509, he commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo reluctantly agreed to paint the fresco,
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 20, 2009
Although we are the clay when compared to God’s power, we are not passive. We cannot successfully wage a war against God, but God leaves us with a choice.
Remember the story of Peter and the Wolf, how he tries to hunt a wolf with a pop-cork gun? The wolf corners him, but he is
Contributed by Thomas Cash on Jul 7, 2009
When the Shema prayer (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) was recited during a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, half the congregation stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 23, 2009
The Spite House
Once there was a millionaire who owned a lot in an exclusive residential area of a large city. This lot presented an unusual problem. It was only 2 yards wide but nearly 100 feet long. There was nothing that he could do but sell it to one of the neighbors on either side. He went to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 30, 2009
Revenge is Sweet
They thought it was just kids playing pranks, but it turned out to be an angry 72 year old man, instead. From 2003-2005, a number of former teachers and school admins in NY reported a rash of vandalism at their homes. They would wake up to punctured car tires from roofing nails